Popular Tennis Player Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean Moffitt was born in Long Beach, California on November 22, 1943. She learned playing tennis in a public court near her home. She was eager to go all the way as tennis professional and made it clear with her victory in 1962 Wimbledon in women’s doubles. She continued winning titles after her debut and clinched 20 titles between 1961 and 1979. She also won 13 US titles in total. She also won two French and two Australian titles.

She is also known for her efforts to bring female players to the limelight as she fought for prize money for women tennis to be equal to the prize money in men’s tennis. Her efforts took her to the big stage when she competed against Bobby Riggs in 1973 to break his proud that men’s tennis was better and deserved better price money. The famous match was named as ‘Battle of the Sexes’.

Billie King Jean became the president of Women’s Tennis Association in 1974 and was elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. She was captain of the popular US team in Fed Cup in 1990s.

She ruled the tennis world for over two decades, winning 20 Wimbledon titles, including six singles. After her retirement from the professional game, she has been actively involved in the game as coach, commentator and business women.

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